Wedding Weekend, Great Exuma, Bahamas

Kyle and I got married on May 7th 2016 in one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.  On the tiny not so well known island of Great Exuma, Bahamas, was Sandals Emerald Bay Resort, where we chose to say our vows.  Needless to say the photos sold us on this place for sure… and you’ll see why.

Waking up before the crack of dawn, we boarded a small CRJ 900 jet with 2 friends from Houston to Atlanta.  The plane was small and a bit rundown, but nonetheless, that didn’t stop us from starting the celebration early.  After getting comped a round of drinks by the same crew that was going with us from Atlanta to Exuma, this view became much more exciting.

CRJ 900
CRJ 900 Seat Back

We met 17 more friends and family at the Atlanta airport who then traveled with us on the next leg of the flight, on which we got upgraded to first class.
PS. I have absolutely no idea how the upgrade happened.  We didn’t have ‘status’ with Delta nor paid for first class cabin seating but we weren’t going to argue with lots of leg room, more comfortable seating and another round of free airplane cocktails coming our way.

We arrived in Great Exuma just 2 short hours later to the Georgetown International Airport.

Airport Welcome Sign
Airport Welcome Sign

Funny, but related, side note: Prior to arrival, I received a request from my mother (who had never flown internationally) to not lose her and to wait for her to get off the plane so she knew where to go.  My reply, with the suspicion that the airport would be quite tiny, was that she would be able to find us just fine.  She huffed a bit, and I just smiled and told her she wouldn’t have to worry.  I had a feeling that it would be small, but maybe not this tiny.. this international airport couldn’t have been more than a 1000 square foot.

Customs & Immigration
Customs & Immigration

It was so small that after you got through Customs & Immigration, you were coaxed outside as fast as humanly possible to avoid imminent claustrophobia… Kyle’ s cousin wasn’t even allowed to browse through a brochure about the island inside the building.

We were transported by a series of taxis in droves of 3 or 4 with a quick 10 minute ride to resort by an Exuman minister who ironically, traveled back and forth from Exuma to Michigan once or twice a year for this fellowship… friendly man.

Arriving to the resort, we were greeted with cocktails, orientated and set free to acclimate and enjoy.  The resort itself was in relatively nice condition, but you can tell they had started to fall short on some maintenance details like operating sink drain plugs, knicks on the wall, broken beach chairs etc. in the last few years.  I felt similarly about the drinking water treatment or lack there of.  Though, not concerning enough to get someone sick, they didn’t exactly take all of the sulfur out of the drinking water… so it didn’t make for the best tasting agua.  Otherwise, the food and the drinks at the resort were pretty good overall.

The grounds of the hotel were well maintained and landscaped,

Resort Shrubbery
Resort Shrubbery

And they even had giant chess that I saw people enjoying (or knocking over) on multiple occasions.

Giant Chess
Giant Chess

The pool was very practically setup.  It had a good mixture of shaded and sunny areas with lots of umbrellas everywhere to escape the hot Caribbean sun, one pool bar and lots of waiters taking orders around the pool and beach areas.

Pool View
Pool View

There was a variety of water and beach sports like sailing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and beach volleyball which was a great way to soak up the rays, hang with family & friends, make new friends and get a bit of exercise.

Volleyball Net & Beach Chairs
Volleyball Net & Beach Chairs

Oh and did I mention the beach was just STUNNING.  Yes, that photo above is unedited.  That is really how pristine it looked.  Just in case, here’s some more:

Stunning Beach Photo #1
Stunning Beach Photo #1
Stunning Beach Photo #2
Stunning Beach Photo #2

Speaking of the beach… it’s where we were married.  I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to see our wedding weekend photos.  It was truly a beautiful place and we were fortunate to have celebrated with such amazing family and friends.
Courtesy of one of our wedding guests, this Facebook photo makes me want to relive the weekend over and over again.

Our Wedding
Our Wedding

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